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  • Tainted prosecution nets former local man $1.7M

    ELLSWORTH — A former Gouldsboro man has won a $1.7-million judgment against a friend of his ex-wife who, according to the judge, conspired with the ex-wife to bring false charges against the man. U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock issued his order and judgment March 12 on behalf of Vlad Filler, who now resides

  • Councilors approve dam removal

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted unanimously on Monday evening to allow the Downeast Salmon Federation to go forward with plans to remove an unused dam between Branch Lake stream and Leonard Lake. The group has been pushing to remove the dam to improve fish passage and habitat, including opening areas for blueback herring and Atlantic

  • Jackie Wycoff is 2019 Citizen of the Year

    Jackie Wycoff is 2019 Citizen of the Year

    ELLSWORTH — On a recent Tuesday morning, Jackie Wycoff checked in with her aunt, who was sorting through a towering mountain of donated clothing in a side room of The Community Closet Thrift Store. Wycoff joked that she was going to have to dock her aunt’s compensation after she had been absent for a few

  • Nordic Aquafarms sets public information meeting

    BELFAST — As it moves forward with its plan to build a land-based salmon farm on land it is buying from the Belfast Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has scheduled a public Information meeting for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, at the Hutchinson Center. The meeting will give the company an opportunity to present

  • Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    ELLSWORTH — While cold water temperatures may be discouraging elvers from making their way from the relatively warm ocean up Maine’s chilly inlets and still-icy streams, Friday marks the beginning of the state’s 10-week elver fishing season. The incentive for harvesters to get their gear in the water at a prime spot is high. Last

  • Harry Potter Night scheduled at EEMS Friday

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School is hosting a Family Harry Potter Night on Friday, March 22, from 5-7 p.m. There will be Harry Potter-themed decorations, games, food and a raffle for a Harry Potter throw, clock, a complete set of books and more. The event is planned as a fun event for the students and

  • Spring clean your eating

    ELLSWORTH – Want to refresh your diet and learn new tips and tricks for healthy eating? Join the Ellsworth Public Library on Wednesdays in April for a fun, interactive workshop taught by a trained nutrition educator. “10 Tips Nutrition Education: Choose MyPlate” is a free four-week series offering strategies to improve food choices, recipe demonstrations

  • Healthy Peninsula receives $75K grant

    BLUE HILL — Healthy Peninsula has received a $75,000 grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation as one of four Rural Health Transformation Grants. The funds are designed to support programs that promote access to a broad variety of non-traditional health services, including social service supports. Healthy Peninsula’s grant will support the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities

  • Getting acquainted in Castine

    Getting acquainted in Castine

    CASTINE — Community members braved the mud and potholes to join the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for its Cabin Fever Reliever Business Open House earlier this month at Compass Rose Books in Castine. The open house series, which started in January, provides area chamber members an opportunity to host a public reception at